Meta 2 augmented reality headset reveals its trump card, a wide field of view

By Shawn Knight
Mar 2, 2016
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  1. The overwhelming majority of discussions involving augmented reality these days centers on Microsoft's HoloLens and to a lesser extent, Magic Leap (the latter of which has yet to reveal its hardware). But there's a third competitor – a privately owned company by the name of Meta – whose second-generation augmented reality offering is generating a lot of attention.

    Is it possible that the Meta 2 augmented reality headset already has its Redmond-based competition beat?

    For starters, the Meta 2 features a field of view of 90 degrees (diagonal) projected on its 2,560 x 1,440 display (20 pixels per degree). In comparison, HoloLens has been criticized for its narrow field of view which has been compared to standing two feet away from a 15-inch display (in other words, pretty narrow).

    During a recent hands-on, Engadget found that augmented items stayed in place as they were viewed from different angles. What's more, they were able to walk around a large globe and as they got closer, more detail emerged. Gesture-based controls were reportedly a bit finicky and sound like they need work before a final, non-prototype version ships.

    The publication was also given a demo of virtual displays, something that I myself have been interested to try in the world of VR / AR. I currently use three desktop monitors which has boosted productivity over a single screen greatly. How much more work could I get done if I had even more virtual screens at my disposal? I'm not sure but it's a question I'd like to answer one day.

    The Meta 2 augmented reality development kit is available to pre-order as of writing for $949 and is forecasted to ship sometime in the third quarter of this year.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,114   +1,377

    It's a bit of a cheap shot the way they try to misrepresent competing products as having very narrow views.
  3. Technician

    Technician TS Addict Posts: 677   +113

    The real trump card is no glasses to wear, and no one is able to play that one yet.
  4. Arturo

    Arturo TS Member Posts: 81   +26

    Now you don't look like a blind monkey with this headgear, but like a monkey plainly. And people pay so much money for having a stupid helmet on their heads. This is beyond me.
    Technician likes this.
  5. Technician

    Technician TS Addict Posts: 677   +113

    You got a 'like' for consistency with the monkey reference.
  6. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,528   +831

    This just in: Hololens reveals its trump card, actual developer support and real-world uses.
    AvalonMD, H3llion and drjekelmrhyde like this.
  7. drjekelmrhyde

    drjekelmrhyde TS Booster Posts: 188   +43

    You guys might want to read the Engadget article where the guy tried it out

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